Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
November 11, 2002
Armed robberies in Pecos, Ozona probed by officials
By ROSIE FLORES
Pecos police are investigating an armed robbery that occurred early
this morning at the Allsup's Convenience Store on South Eddy Street, one of
two armed robberies reported at convenience stores in West Texas
A third armed robbery also was reported in Fort Stockton, but
Pecos County Sheriff's Department officials said that incident later turned out
to be a hoax.
No one was available at the Pecos Police Department this morning
to provide information on last night's incident, but according to a report
given to the Department of Public Safety by police, the robbery occurred
shortly after midnight. No one was reported injured in the robbery.
The incident in Ozona was more serious, as a clerk was shot
and wounded in the robbery of the store about 8:30 p.m. on Sunday.
According to Les Hale of the DPS office in Ozona, a man entered
the T&C Grocery store in Ozona, armed with a 22-calibre rifle and
"In the incident, the clerk was injured. He was shot twice during
the robbery," said Hale.
The clerk, whose name was not released, was taken to the
Crockett County Hospital for treatment of his injuries.
"The clerk is in stable condition, he was shot twice in the lower leg,
which is not life-threatening," said Hale.
"We have a description of a couple of possible vehicles," said Hale.
The individual involved in the robbery was described as a male,
5-foot-11 with dark complexion and weighing about 210 pounds.
The suspect was wearing camouflage clothing, a ski mask and blue sneakers.
The Fort Stockton incident involved a report of an armed robber at
the Kentucky Fried Chicken-Taco Bell restaurant on U.S. 285, but
Pecos County Sheriff's Department officials said that report later turned out to
Area Optimists hear from head of organization
By ROSIE FLORES
Pecos played host to a group of between 200 and 300 people over
the weekend, in two to participating in a quarterly meeting of area
Members from all over West Texas and New Mexico and West
Texas were on hand for the club's quarterly meeting, which also featured
an appearance by the Optimists' International President Bill Teague
of North Carolina, along with District Governor E.W. "Mickey" Fischer
of El Paso.
Governor-elect Bob Tucker, past governor Jeff Lucke and first
chairman Chris Edwards also participated in the weekend event.
Town of Pecos City Dot Stafford was guest speaker at a luncheon
held Saturday at the Quality Inn, while Pecos Area Chamber of
Commerce Interim Director Linda Gholson was guest speaker at a women's
luncheon held for the spouses of Optimists members at the Swiss Clock Inn.
Stafford spoke to the group about Pecos' economy. She welcomed
the visitors to town and said that Pecos was lucky to be hosting this event.
"I'm very impressed with the number of programs that the
Optimist supports," said Stafford. "I'm
a member of the Rotary Club and we like to do things for the youth as
well, so I'm really glad to hear that the Optimist is looking out for our
"After all, the youth are our future and they are very important," she said.
Teague, who arrived in town on Friday, said that he really
enjoyed Pecos and the friendly people.
"It's a great pleasure to be here, everyone has been so kind to us
and very friendly," he said.
Teague told the group that more clubs were being started all over
the United States, which was good news, "Because if there are more clubs,
more youth will be served."
Teague talked about the many programs that the Optimist
sponsored and encouraged the members there to recruit more members. "The
more people working towards our goals, the more we can do to help our
youth," he said.
Following the afternoon luncheons, a banquet was held Saturday
evening for all the members from Pecos and from the different communities.
Balmorhea coat `recycling' on target
Balmorhea's clothing recycling was a huge success, according
to organizers of the event.
"The 1st Friday" Trade Center
will continue to store any and all clothing and/or coat donations until the
next event. Everyone is asked to clean out their closets of all those unused
coats for those who can wear them.
Coat recycling was held Friday and Saturday at the Ole'
Country Store. All donations will be placed on the porch of the store in
downtown Balmorhea. Anyone may select anything that they want for free.
High Sunday 73. Low this morning 43. Forecast for tonight: Mostly
clear. Lows in the mid 30s. Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph in the evening:
Becoming light and variable before midnight. Tuesday: Mostly
sunny. Highs 65 to 70. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph.
Tuesday night: Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 30s. Wednesday:
Partly cloudy. Highs 70 to 75. Thursday: Partly cloudy. Lows
near 40. Highs 70 to 75.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
Division of Buckner News Alliance, Inc.
324 S. Cedar St., Pecos, TX 79772
Phone 915-445-5475, FAX 915-445-4321
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